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XRT-3 on launch pad

Its Rocket Science

The other day I found some plans I made for a rocket ship in an old mailing tube. I’ve had this mailing tube for some time, since about 1973 or so. These are the original plans for the XRT-3 rocket ship. I don’t recall if the plane ever actually flew, but I did in fact build it soon after drawing up the plans. The spacecraft design was influenced by Buck Rogers and other early film serials. But it was mostly influenced by the early drawings, paintings and films of Phil Trumbo. It was fun seeing the plans after all these years, and then I found a couple of old pinhole photos of XRT-3 taken around the same time.

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Recommended: “Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey”

Duke University and North Carolina are so fortunate to have the Nasher Museum of Art. The Nasher continues to bring in some of the most exciting contemporary artists and art exhibitions from around the world. Wangechi Mutu’s exhibition of over 50 pieces in a variety of media is a must-see for anyone who enjoys contemporary art.

The opening is today, Thursday, March 21 and continues through July 21, 2013.

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Website Down / Website Up

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Yesterday morning I sent out a newsletter mailing, the first I’ve sent in a couple of months. As luck would have it, the server my website runs on went down. There was a power outage in Irvine, California that brought down thousands of websites served by Dreamhost. The site is now back up and all seems well as of 9:00 this morning.

Music, Peace, Revolution and Joseph Eger

My friend Joseph Eger died this past weekend. Joe was an inspiring man, still leading a very active life at age 92. As recently as 2010, he traveled to San Francisco to conduct a concert there. And closer to home, he rehearsed and conducted students at the Durham School of the Arts this past year. He had moved to Durham only a few years ago, but made many new friends here.  I will miss him.

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My Contribution to Corporate Art

In the early 1970′s, while looking for a tool in the basement of my apartment building in Richmond, Virginia, I found an odd looking device. It turned out to be an airbrush and compressor. I played around with it for a while, using it mostly for adding shadows to a comic strip I did for the school newspaper. Then I began painting with it, using acrylics. Around 1980 I made a painting I named “Mel’s Last Cigarette”. The painting was approximately 4×5 feet in size. I entered it into a show at the Mint Museum in Charlotte soon after it was completed and it won a purchase award from Knight-Ridder publishing company, then the owner of the Charlotte Observer. I often wondered what ever happened to that painting.

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